August 22, 2006

CookOrDie: Curried chickpeas, chard, carbs

August 22, 2006 - Categories: cooking, cookordie

One of these days, I’m going to try properly following the recipe for
curried chickpeas. I like curries – Japanese and Indian-style curries
in particular. Apparently, cooking curry isn’t just a matter of mixing
water, flour, and curry spice. Or at least I *think* it’s curry spice.
I inherited it from my very first roommate here last year. The jar
didn’t have a label, but I vaguely remembered that I had curry in my
cupboard somewhere, and it was in either that or the jar labelled

Right. Someday I’m going to learn how to do a proper curry.

The chard that showed up in my Organic Good Food Box worked out quite
well, though. I actually followed a recipe this time around, instead
of treating it as some random leafy green. Joy of Cooking gave a
recipe for chard sauteed with garlic and seasoned with red wine
vinegar, which turned out to be pretty nice and easy to prepare.

As for carbs: I’ve decided to work my way through the frozen bread
that I’ve accumulated over several months. The oval pita I picked up
on sale reheats quite well under the broiler. Ah, for a little toaster
oven instead of these less-flexible slice toasters. (Although I
suppose slice-based toasters make it harder to burn toast unattended.)

My mom will be pleased to know that I’ve gotten back to regularly
taking vitamins. I’m also succumbing to peer pressure and becoming
semi-vegetarian. ;) Not for ethical reasons, mind you, but for purely
practical ones.

  • I’m less likely to give myself food poisoning as long as I stay away from dangerous plants.
  • It’ll be easier to entertain friends, many of whom are (aspiring) vegetarians/vegans.
  • I can get through the Good Food Box and other food arrangements faster.

That said, I still like bacon and eggs, and I’ll have to work my way
through the chicken in the fridge eventually.

As long as I make sure I cover possible deficiencies in a vegetarian
diet, I should be fine. =) Besides, I don’t mind eating meat when I go
out. I just want to learn how to cook veggies in a way that makes me
want to actually eat them. ;)

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Industry showcase at U of T

August 22, 2006 - Categories: toronto

Via Greg Wilson: Check out the computer industry showcase at the University of Toronto from 4 – 6 PM on Tuesday, September 5. Confirmed attendees:

I’m looking forward to the showcase and to the pub night afterwards!

If you want your company to be part of the event, you might be able to
get in touch with Greg Wilson through his blog.

By the way, gotta love the tagline for Greg’s blog: “Data is zeroes and
ones — software is zeroes and ones and hard work.”

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Whoa, onto something cool here: advertising on the back of my laptop

August 22, 2006 - Categories: barcamp, business, entrepreneurship, geek, idea, laptop, marketing


Want to grab the eyeballs of every geek at BarCampEarthToronto
and the other tech events I go to? Advertise on the back of my
laptop. Even better: tell me enough about your stuff so that I can
enthusiastically talk about it.

I’m an evangelist. Give me something cool to talk about.

The back of an 8.9″ laptop screen *really* doesn’t seem like much
space to advertise on, but *everyone* looks, believe me. It’s the
irresistable combination of cute geek girl _and_ insanely tiny laptop.

And it happens *every* *single* *time.* It helps that I have small
hands. Most people just can’t deal with something that small. Sure,
black Macbooks are trendy, but they’re not as rare as a *teensy*
little laptop that a geek girl is happily typing away on. (In Emacs,
no less.)

Amber MacArthur (TechTV) called attention to the sticker I had on
my laptop (“The geek shall inherit the earth”) and the pins I have on
my backpack (“No, you can’t just explain it in the manual” – Human
Factors International). Random strangers cross the street to
compliment me on my outfit, ask about the stickers on my skateboard,
or wonder out loud if that’s a *real* computer I’m typing away on.
(Yes, as I walk.) And that happens both in geek-heavy get-togethers
and while just walking in cosmopolitan, blase downtown Toronto.

I can’t help it. I get attention. I might as well make use of it.

More to the point: _you_ might as well make use of it.

So here’s what’s going to happen:

  • TONIGHT: I’ll decide on a pricing scheme. E-mail me or leave a
    comment if you want to hear about it as soon as I’ve come up with
    it (probably later tonight).
  • TONIGHT: I’ll set up a static page, blog about it, and tell people.
  • WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: I’ll accept orders.
  • THURSDAY: I’ll figure out exactly how to mount it. Don’t worry, I
    have several plans.
  • FRIDAY: I’ll select and confirm orders, and print out and mount the
    final thing on Friday afternoon.

My skateboard’s also open for advertising.

E-mail me at [email protected] or leave a comment using the form
below to find out about the next step as soon as possible.

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See also my previous blog entry:

Networking for Geeks: Advertise with your laptop!

Other people’s blog entries:

(leave me a comment to get linked!)